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The Yardbirds

Posted on Mar 21, 2017 in 60s, Psychedelic, Rhythm & Blues, ROCK/POP

The Yardbirds are mostly known to the casual rock fan as the starting point for three of the greatest British rock guitarists: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page. Undoubtedly, these three figures did much to shape the group’s sound, but throughout their career, the Yardbirds were very much a unit, albeit a rather unstable one. And they were truly one of the great rock bands; one whose contributions went far beyond the scope of their half dozen or so mid-’60s hits…

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Kevin Hewick

Posted on Mar 18, 2017 in 80s, ALTERNATIVE, Post-punk, Singer/Songwriter

Kevin Hewick was one of the lesser-known but more interesting figures to emerge from Britain’s post-punk landscape, crafting spare, simple music in stark opposition to the angular noise of his contemporaries but still earning a spot on the famed Factory Records roster. Hewick was born in Leicester, England, in 1957 — infatuated by the Beatles, he received his first guitar at the age of six…

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Posted on Mar 16, 2017 in 70s, ROCK/POP

Formed and fronted by ex-Marmalade guitarist Hughie Nicholson, Blue signed to RSO Records in 1973 and released their eponymous debut album the same year. Nicholson was a member of Marmalade before he left to form Blue. He wrote the majority of Blue’s material, including their most recognised number, “Gonna Capture Your Heart”. Earlier in his life, he had been a member of the 1960s Scottish rock outfit, The Poets…

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The Brilliant Corners

Posted on Mar 13, 2017 in 80s, ALTERNATIVE, Indie

The Brilliant Corners were one of many British jangle pop acts in the ’80s that never managed to corral a mainstream audience. It wasn’t for a lack of trying, either. They injected many of their early records with finger-snapping hooks, but they were mainly applauded by a cult of devotees. The Brilliant Corners were formed by David Woodward (vocals, guitars), Chris Galvin (bass), and Bob Morris (drums) in Bristol in 1984…

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Ed Kuepper

Posted on Mar 10, 2017 in 80s, ALTERNATIVE, Post-punk, Singer/Songwriter

Though he formed the Saints with Chris Bailey in 1975, Ed Kuepper left the band before its biggest popular success (though after its best recordings). The Saints were one of Australia’s premier punk bands, and Kuepper played on two albums before leaving in 1979 to form the Laughing Clowns, a band whose sound was jazzier and quite a bit more experimental than his former group…

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Scott McKenzie

Posted on Mar 7, 2017 in 60s, Folk Rock, ROCK/POP

Scott McKenzie was the perfect example of a one-hit wonder, although his talent and voice made him worthy of (and ultimately did earn him) somewhat more. Born Philip Wallach Blondheim in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1939, he was raised in Virginia, and was drawn to music and singing from an early age. Among the friends and acquaintances of his youth was John Phillips…

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Posted on Mar 4, 2017 in 70s, ALTERNATIVE, Post-punk

After leaving the Buzzcocks in 1977, vocalist Howard Devoto formed Magazine with guitarist John McGeoch, bassist Barry Adamson, keyboardist Bob Dickinson, and drummer Martin Jackson. One of the first post-punk bands, Magazine kept the edgy, nervous energy of punk and added elements of art rock, particularly with their theatrical live shows and shards of keyboards. Devoto’s lyrics were combinations of social commentary and poetic fragments…

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Tony Joe White

Posted on Mar 1, 2017 in 60s, ROCK/POP, Singer/Songwriter, Southern Rock

A true icon of swamp rock, Tony Joe White parlayed his songwriting talent and idiosyncratic vocals into a modestly successful country and rock career in Europe as well as America. Born in Goodwill, Louisiana, in 1943, White was born into a part-Cherokee family. He began working clubs in Texas during the mid-’60s and moved to Nashville by 1968. White’s 1969 debut album for Monument, Black and White, featured his Top Ten pop hit “Polk Salad Annie”…

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David Sylvian

Posted on Feb 26, 2017 in 80s, ALTERNATIVE, Experimental, New Wave, Synthpop

Following the 1982 dissolution of Japan, the group’s onetime frontman David Sylvian staked out a far-ranging and esoteric career that encompassed not only solo projects but also a series of fascinating collaborative efforts and forays into filmmaking, photography, and modern art. Born David Batt in Kent, England in 1958, Sylvian formed Japan in 1974 and served as primary singer/songwriter throughout the group’s eight-year existence…

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Séamus Ennis

Posted on Feb 23, 2017 in COUNTRY/FOLK, Traditional Folk

With an encyclopedic knowledge of traditional Irish music and virtuosic instrumental skill, Séamus Ennis (1919-1982) helped to preserve the ancient folk songs and airs of the Emerald Isle. The host of radio shows for Radio Eireann and the BBC, Ennis spent countless hours in the rural countryside of Ireland collecting hundreds of songs to play on his shows…

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